In Pictures: London Christmas Past

In Pictures: London Christmas Past

The Museum of London released these photos of London during Christmas in the 1950s and 1960s, showing Selfridges, Hamleys, Regent Street, Hampstead Heath et al half a century ago. (Look at all that fog. Some things never change, eh?)

The photos were taken by Henry Grant and are part of the Museum of London collection.

Regent Street Christmas lights, 1955 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Regent Street Christmas lights, 1955 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Selfridges, 1953 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Selfridges, 1953 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Turkeys for sale in Leadenhall Market, 1953 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Turkeys for sale in Leadenhall Market, 1953 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Outside Selfridges, 1953 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Outside Selfridges, 1953 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Trafalgar Square, 1955 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Trafalgar Square, 1955 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Hamleys window, 1957 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Hamleys window, 1957 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Trafalgar Square, 1957 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Trafalgar Square, 1957 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Ice on Hampstead Heath, 1954 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Ice on Hampstead Heath, 1954 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Newspaper sellers, 1962 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Newspaper sellers, 1962 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Regent Street, 1960 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Regent Street, 1960 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Christmas trees in Covent Garden, 1952 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Christmas trees in Covent Garden, 1952 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Hampers in Selfridges, 1953 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Hampers in Selfridges, 1953 / © Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London

Last Updated 07 December 2017

Kelvin James Stockwell

"Regent Street Xmas Lights 1955" isn't 1955. One of the cars in the picture is a model of Ford Anglia that wasn't introduced until 1959. The other picture of Regent Street looks about right tho'.

Wanstead weather

Some excellent pictures. The one in Trafalgar Square was possibly taken before Christmas Day itself which was saw showery sleet and a high of 6C https://wp.me/p2VSmb-w5